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Salman Butt responds to criticism on tainted players

Salman Butt responds to criticism on tainted players

Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt has responded to the strong statements circulating in the media surrounding the potential comeback of Sharjeel Khan in the national side. Several former cricketers have spoken against giving Sharjeel a second chance after he was convicted of engaging in spot-fixing.

Butt, who was barred from cricket and served a prison sentence for his role in the spot-fixing scandal in 2010, has questioned the rhetoric against the comeback of tainted players. He claimed if a player had served as a punishment, no one else was in a position to put a stop to the individual’s livelihood in the sport.

“As per the law that exists, players should be treated equally. Punishment implies that once you have served the time, you should be treated like any other player. I try not to get into this issue but I want to ask people who are talking about this whole episode. Where does their integrity go when they are in the mix and working with those people?” Butt asked the critics.